Frequently Asked Questions
What is Portkey Games?
Portkey Games, from Warner Bros. Games, is the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and videogame experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. Portkey Games offers players the opportunity to make their own narrative choices and engage with the Wizarding World setting to discover new and unique experiences. The label was created to bring gamers and fans new gaming experiences that allow them to delve into the Wizarding World in immersive ways where they can create their own magical stories.
What does Portkey mean, and why have you chosen it for this label?
In the Harry Potter series, a Portkey is an object, enchanted to instantly transport anyone touching it to a specific location. Most of the time, a Portkey is an everyday object that would not draw the attention of a Muggle. For Portkey Games, it symbolizes how games under this label will transport fans to their own adventures inspired by the Wizarding World.
How many Portkey Games will be released?
Currently, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells have launched under the Portkey Games label. We will be adding more titles under Portkey Games including Hogwarts Legacy, the open-world action role-playing videogame set in the 1800s, made for console and PC, as well as Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, the mobile game co-developed with NetEase for China.
What type of games will be developed under Portkey Games?
Portkey Games will enable developers to create a variety of new and immersive gaming experiences that are all inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. These experiences have not been written by J.K. Rowling and will not be direct adaptations of the books and films. These are games that have been created for the fans, by game-makers who themselves are fans of and have been inspired by the Wizarding World.
Are Portkey Games created with J.K. Rowling’s approval?
Each experience offered under Portkey Games will take place in the wizarding world and will be authentic to it. J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to WB Games and the developers involved.
How is J.K. Rowling involved in the game creation process?
J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World.
Will Portkey Games adhere to Wizarding World lore?
Yes, while Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are anchored in Wizarding World lore. Developers can create a variety of new and unique gaming experiences that are all inspired by the magical universe created by J.K. Rowling, so you may find some interesting new locations, characters, story elements, etc.
How do Portkey Games fit into the Harry Potter Wizarding World?
While Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are firmly rooted in the magical universe of Harry Potter. While remaining true to J. K Rowling’s original vision, Portkey game developers chart new territory creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the Wizarding World.
Will favourite characters and locations from the Harry Potter books and films be featured in Portkey Games?
In Portkey Games, you can expect to see fan favourites, as well as new characters. You may even see familiar characters at different points in their lives depending on the game and experience.
What characters will players be able to portray in games under Portkey Games?
While titles released under Portkey Games will feature a variety of new and familiar characters, the experiences place the player at the centre of their own adventure.